Shopping with a minimalism power shield

Shopping with a minimalism power shield

We’ve flattened the curve in my neck of the woods, and the malls have re-opened. No longer are we told to limit our shopping excursions to essential goods — now we are to consume goods and services in great gulps to help the economy rebound. Honestly, I find it a little nauseating. I had to go to the mall today to mail a package and deposit some cash I earned from selling my crap. I very rarely go to the mall, even pre-pandemic, but every time the sheer volume and intensity of the consumerism takes my breath away. I’m bombarded…

The cost of a vice: A&W Root Beer

The cost of a vice: A&W Root Beer

We all have our vices. Some of us smoke. Some of us drink. Some of us have an insatiable urge to collect chicken figurines. And some of us love root beer. I was fizz-free for years. Hadn’t had a root beer since I was a kid. Then last summer I wanted to try the new Beyond Meat burger at A&W. At the time you couldn’t get them in stores, and we hadn’t gone to a dine-in fast food place since before we had kids — more than a decade ago. I have a soft spot in my heart for diners.…

The day I bought a butt-squirter (aka, a bidet)

The day I bought a butt-squirter (aka, a bidet)

Today is a very special day in my house. Our butts will never be the same. Yes, that’s right: we’ve bought a bidet attachment. With COVID-19 making toilet paper the next hottest item, soaring beyond even hatchimal and tickle-me-Elmo fame in its demand, I started imagining a house full of boys running out of toilet paper. It wasn’t pretty. So instead of hoarding more, I wanted to think long-term, and cut our dependence on those white rolls of tree-pulp drastically. Enter the PureSpa Bidet Attachment. Yes, with a capital B and a capital A. Honestly, I was surprised any were…

COVID-19: Sheltering in place; how I spent my entire monthly grocery budget in 1 day

COVID-19: Sheltering in place; how I spent my entire monthly grocery budget in 1 day

Not a very FIRE-like post title, I know. But COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, the markets are taking a nose-dive, and Canadians have cancelled hockey. Shit’s gotten real folks. While my community hasn’t had any COVID-19 cases yet, when you look at the data from Hubei, China, the virus was spreading weeks before there were any confirmed cases (see Chart 7: Timeline of Events in Hubei). Thankfully, my area is taking this VERY seriously, with lots of cancelled events and services, to help flatten the curve to prevent healthcare system collapse. That said, panic is setting in, people have…